Friday, March 21, 2014

Recipe Rave Review: Fruit Cross-obler

When my non-bio sis KK shot me a Pin for a Blueberry Croissant Puff, she knew I would happily fufill all of her gluten dreams (she can't do gluten, but oh boy can I).  I immediately followed the pin back to the oh so tasty blog, The Girl Who Ate Everything.  Not only was I in love with name (I too feel like I am a girl who eats everything...well all the meatless of course), I knew this was a recipe I just had to whip up for my TH and our weekend at home.

The recipe called for:
  • 3 large croissants, cut up (about 5 to 5 1/2 cups, I used those monsters from Costco)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used an organic fruit blend I already had on hand)
  • 1 package (8oz) softened cream cheese
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
With my trusty square vintage Pyrex at the ready, (it specified a 9 inch square pan in the recipe, but mine was close enough) I ripped apart those butter croissants into small bite size pieces.  Yes, one or two may have missed the pan and accidentally went into my mouth...whoops!

Next up, I took my thawed berry mix (straw, blue and raspberries) and sprinkled them evenly on top of the bed of croissant.

I put the softened cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla in a bowl, grabbed my hand mixer and beat it all together. As instructed, I gradually added the milk and continued to beat with each addition.

Once the creamy concoction was ready, I evenly spread it across my croissants and fruit.

As I let it stand for 20 minutes, I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and waited excitedly to pop it in the oven, it smelled heavenly already!  Once 20 minutes had passed, I placed it in the oven and set the timer for 45 minutes.  When I went to check, it was not quite set in the center so I let it cook for an additional ten minutes.  When I checked it again, it still had a bit longer to go, but since the croissant tops were oh so perfectly golden brown, I took "The Girl's" advice, and covered it with foil.  Just 5 minutes later, it was firm in the center and ready to cool.

As I took it out of the oven, I decided to sprinkle a little brown sugar over the top to make it cobbler-esque; hence my own take on the name.  I waited impatiently until it wouldn't burn my mouth and cut a piece for my TH and myself to try.

It was divine!  I little spongey, but in a delightful way.  It was a perfect blend of sweet yet rich and buttery.  This is a perfect dish to bring to a weekend brunch or to fill a sweet tooth at in the evening.  Between how easy it was and how good it tasted, I don't know which was better!

Do you have any great twists to add to a breakfast goody like croissants?  Thank you again to The Girl Who Ate Everything, can't wait to try another one of your tasty recipes soon!

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